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Achaemenid Royal Inscriptions: DSi


  In ca.521, the Persian king Darius I the Great ordered that a new alphabet, the Aryan script, was to be developed. This was used for a small corpus of inscriptions, known as the Achaemenid Royal Inscriptions. An overview of all inscriptions can be found here.
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DSi, inscription on a column base from Susa

[Inscription in Old Persian and Elamite on the base of a column.]

  1. adam \ Dârayavauš XŠ \ vazraka \ XŠ XŠyânâm \ XŠ DHnâm \ XŠ a
  2. hyâyâ BUyâ \ Vištâspahyâ \ puça \ Haxâmanišiya \ th
  3. âtiy \ Dârayavauš XŠ \ yathâ \ AM \ mâm \ XŠyam akunauš \
  4. ahyâyâ BUyâ \ vašnâ \ AMha \ visam \ naibam \ akunavam
I am Darius the great king, king of kings, king of all nations, king of this earth, the son of Hystaspes, an Achaemenid.

King Darius says: when Ahuramazda made me king of this earth, by the grace of Ahuramazda I made everything beautiful.

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